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Name: Deimosian

Type: Agglutinative

Alignment: Word order

Head Direction: First

Number of genders: None

Declensions: No

Conjugations: No

Nouns declined
according to
Case Number
Definitiveness Gender
Verbs conjugated
according to
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect
Gender Cases Numbers Tenses Persons Moods Voices Aspects
Verb No No No Yes No Yes No No
Nouns No No Yes Yes No No No No
Adjectives No No No No No No No No
Numbers No No No No No No No No
Participles No No No No No No No No
Adverb No No No No No No No No
Pronouns No No No No No No No No
Adpositions No No No Yes No No No No
Article No No No No No No No No
Particle No No Yes Yes No No No No


SettingEdit

Deimosian is spoken on Deimos, the outer moon of Mars. In the story, Deimosians were a zenophobic isolationist group living in a Martian colony. These isolationists emigrated to the uninhabited Deimos en masse in order to form an exclusive, insular culture. They constructed a language to discourage communication with others.

Keep in mind this is a story of a video game, so it's a bit of a stretch.

Some time later, this society evolves into a kingdom, with a wealth and beloved royal family. The language makes a transition from a method of isolation to a matter of significant pride. However, the kingdom proves to be quite troublesome to the rest of the solar system.

PhonologyEdit

ConsonantsEdit

Bilabial Labiode. Dental Alveol. Postalve. Retrofl. Palatal Velar Uvular Pharyn. Epiglot. Glottal
Plosives b p t g k
Affricates ts ch g
Fricatives v f s sh h
Lateral Fricatives ll
Lateral Affricates
Nasals m n ng
Trills
Flaps / taps r
Glides Approxim. r
Lateral Appr. l
Co-art. approx.

VowelsEdit

Front Near front Central Near back Back
Close u
Near-close
Close-mid i
Mid o
Open-mid e
Near-open a
Open

PhonotacticsEdit

Deimosian does not use a great variety of vowel sounds, and will avoid ending a word with any vowel other than "e". It is, however fond of consonant clusters, with as many as four sounds, as in the word Qatske. Also, I can't figure out how to add this to the template, but Deimosian uses a lateral or laminal click (I'll decide which later) which is denoted by the "q". Deimosian is rhythmic, but not necessarily sing-songy. Stresses usually fall on the first syllable with no secondary stresses, unless there is an affix with more than one syllable in which case a secondary stress will fall on the final syllable. For example, Iaojengai = Iao-jeng-ai.

Also note that this language has no post-alveolar affricates or fricitaves, but instead has alveolo-palatal sounds.


Basic GrammarEdit

One of Deimosian's more unique features is it's lack of true adjectives. If you want to describe something in this language, you will usually have to resort to saying that something "is" something else, but only in a particular way. For example, to say that something tastes sweet, you would say, Om jerektsennarau, or "It is a flower in the way that it tastes." Jerektsen in this case meaning flower, and the suffix -narau, meaning in flavor.

Prepositions are also suffixes. The most frequently used of these is -ne, which means to, in, and at. For more specific relative locations such as inside of, towards, and on top of, there are more specific suffixes. For example, the sentence I lehne Deimosne, could mean "I'm going to Deimos" or "I'm moving around within Deimos." Most of the time, context would resolve this, but where more specificty is desired, you can say, I lehne Deimossrang" which means "I'm moving toward Deimos."

Deimosian also lacks a word for "and". In cases where "and" would usually be used, such as, "eggs, milk, and cheese", these items would simply be listed with tone indicating their connection. However, the lack of "and" creates a fatal confusion with prepositions. Without "and", certain distinctions we take for granted are totally lost. If I say, "The book is on a table, on a table", it's a safe bet I mean, "The book is on a table which is itself on another table". But for Deimosians who have no "and", the sentence could mean, "The book is on a table, and also on another table." And because of the fact that Deimosian avoids inflection like the plague, this kind of scenario would appear all the time.

In order to show the recursion of prepositions onto another, a sequence of recursive prepositions take a sequential vowel change. The second version of the sentence, in which the book is on two tables would read, "Keining behtrentsing, behtrentsing." In order to say what we really want to say, the second preposition, which is recurring onto the first, will change from "tsing", to "tseng". "Keining behtrentsing, behtrentseng".

Another example, "The language of the people of Deimos" would be "Ti, Jiahdireldve, Deimosdvo.

The order of vowel sounds is always I, E, O, A, U. So if the final vowel sound is, U, it will become I, then E, and so on. If the final vowel sound is E, it becomes O, etc. This applies even if the prepositional affixes are different and have different vowels.

DictionaryEdit


No. English Deimosian
1II
2you (singular)Je
3heOm
4weIrel
5you (plural)Jerel
6theyOmrel
7thisOmi
8thatOma
9hereElih
10thereElah
11whoFol
12whatSke
13whereLleh
14whenQets
15howTsain
16not-tse
17allDiorn
18many
19some
20few
21other
22onePia
23twoLe
24threeYoh
25fourJie
26fiveOai
27bigKangpeira
28long
29wide
30thick
31heavy
32small
33short
34narrow
35thin
36woman
37man (adult male)
38man (human being)
39child
40wife
41husband
42motherBrautsel
43fatherPrahtsel
44animalRiel
45fish
46bird
47dog
48louse
49snake
50worm
51tree
52forest
53stick
54fruitKravle
55seed
56leaf
57root
58bark
59flowerJerektsen
60grass
61rope
62skin
63meat
64blood
65bone
66fat
67egg
68horn
69tail
70feather
71hair
72head
73ear
74eye
75nose
76mouth
77tooth
78tongue
79fingernail
80foot
81leg
82knee
83hand
84wing
85belly
86guts
87neck
88back
89breast
90heart
91liver
92drink
93eatKauhne
94bite
95suck
96spit
97vomit
98blow
99breathe
100laugh
101seeSralne
102hear
103knowQione
104thinkTsohne
105smell
106fear
107sleep
108liveNeiane
109die
110kill
111fightNihne
112hunt
113hit
114cut
115split
116stab
117scratch
118dig
119swim
120fly
121walk
122come
123lie
124sit
125stand
126turn
127fall
128give
129hold
130squeeze
131rub
132wash
133wipe
134pull
135push
136throw
137tie
138sew
139count
140sayTine
141singIaone
142play
143float
144flow
145freeze
146swell
147sun
148moon
149star
150water
151rain
152river
153lake
154sea
155salt
156stone
157sand
158dust
159earthAllmos
160cloud
161fog
162sky
163wind
164snow
165ice
166smoke
167fire
168ash
169burn
170road
171mountain
172red
173greenDrek
174yellow
175whiteAhtsr
176black
177night
178day
179year
180warm
181cold
182full
183new
184oldKangneiadve
185goodMerle
186bad
187rotten
188dirty
189straight
190round
191sharpSkahdepeira
192dull
193smooth
194wet
195dry
196correct
197near
198far
199right
200left
201at-ne
202in-ne
203with
204and
205if
206becausebell
207nameQil


Example textEdit

Om antreadtsene vereilnih.

That will cause a paradox.

Qatskeleh sraine oalkne palqatskene.

Time travel requires the bending of space time.

I lehne deiqatskesrang.

I'm returning to the present.

Oma qatskejedrik kenr, prael ome kenetse.

That timeline doesn't exist anymore.

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